Posts Tagged ‘Russia’


Stupid Russian Thing: Gessen Detained

April 26, 2009

Keith Gessen of n+1 and the New Yorker has been detained in Sochi, where he was covering the mayoral election. It is expected that he will be released shortly.

It’s just stupid to arrest literati darlings. Not only will the Russian government get bad press, but Gessen will get more street cred with which to peddle some ironic tale of tragedy. (That noise is droplets of David Remnick’s drool hitting the floor.) Everyone suffers.

All the same, I hope Keith gets through what I imagine is a frightful experience without too much hassle.

Via, via, via.

Late update: He was released after about two hours.  He says that he’s fine.